By MAGGIE SNAVELY
Most people are not perfect, or at least they think that. You’re either too tall or too short, you either struggle with math or you’re not a good athlete, or maybe you can’t seem to make friends easily. These self-doubts are all perfectly fine and completely normal. Although there is one thing that everyone can choose to do if they are willing: just be nice.
Below are some easy ways to be nice to the people around you.
- Give a smile to a random person as you pass them in the hallway
- Tell your teacher thank you when they hand you back a paper
- Say excuse me when you bump into someone in the hallway, even when its not your fault
- Hold the door open for the person behind you
- If someone is wearing something you think is nice looking, tell them!
These small things can change the campus little by little because you can hope the person you held the door open for will do the same for the person behind them. They might even get a thank you back. According to the website “Healthline,” “happiness may protect the heart by reducing blood pressure, a major risk factor for the heart.” When you do something good to someone else, not only do you make them feel good but you also make yourself feel even better.
If you have the option to make someone’s day even a little bit better why not try? What is there to lose? All that happens is people see you as a more caring and compassionate person, which is a great way to make friends. You can only gain and spread positivity. Abraham Lincoln once said, “When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad”
Nice spreads like a fire, smiles are contagious, and you can change your school with only using as many muscles as it takes to smile. According to the website “HowStuffWorks,” it takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, so why not choose to smile? Even if you only get four smiles back, you already spread the good feelings. If those kids get five people to smile back at them, there are now nine kids walking around with a smile on their face. They spread it and pretty soon the school is a happier and friendlier place. It all started with a smile.